[FHCx283] National Moldy Cheese Day/National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day

This one is not for SPom.

TODAY IS NATIONAL MOLDY CHEESE DAY AND NATIONAL SUBMARINE-HOAGIE-HERO-GRINDER DAY!

We’ve now celebrated hoagies twice already. But today is when we put aside naming differences and realize what’s important: meat, oblong roll, insert into face. Our way of celebrating was ordering Jimmy John’s on a lazy Sunday morning.

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Left: AK‘s Beach Club. Right: SP‘s Bootlegger. Both without the tomato and with extra onions.

As the song goes: Sandwiches are beautiful / Sandwiches are fine / I like sandwiches / I eat them all the time.

Also celebrated today is moldy cheese. We both love cheese, ranging from aged sharp cheddar to the mozz you put on a pizza to the stinkiest of French cheeses. It’s really good stuff. Recently, we’ve had a few times where we pick up one of the small slivers of cheese at Lund’s & Byerly’s – they’re about $1 to $2 for a taste of a cheese and we just share them as a snack. Good stuff. This time we went a little larger just to make sure we could celebrate the day.

But wait a second. Moldy? Yes. From the same genus that brought you the miracle of penicillin comes a particular blue mold culture distinct to “blue” cheeses. Yes, it was probably discovered by accident. But it was a divine accident. Some still deny how great blue cheese is because they get stuck on the brevibacterium – it’s a bacterium that grows plentifully on human skin and causes that distinct foot odor. It’s not the kind of bacteria that causes the worst of smelly feet (that’s Kyetococcus sedentarius) so get over yourselves.

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St. Pete’s and some Societe Roquefort

Yum!

Tomorrow is National Angel Food Cake Day. Talk about a palette cleanser.

-SPAK

[FHCx251] National Napoleon Day/National Salami Day/National Beer Lovers’ Day/National Acorn Squash Day

TOO MUCH

TODAY IS NATIONAL NAPOLEON DAY, NATIONAL SALAMI DAY, NATIONAL BEER LOVERS’ DAY, AND NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY!

We’ll try to be brief.

Acorn squash, and many fall/winter squashes, are great additions to most meals. Whether you want to make them savory or a little sweet (SPom uses maple pepper), just mash ’em up and you’re good to go.

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But really want we want to focus on is how we knocked out three of these food holidays at one place. It’s very dear to us: Cosetta’s in St. Paul. Imagine walking into an large building with beautiful wooden structure, delicious looking cakes in a bakery window, the smell of marinara, and the sound of Louis Prima.

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This captures about 1/3 of the cafeteria-style area

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The Italian Hero is what we’re after!

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Salami sandwich. Boom.

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Their pasticceria is also gorgeous, with some of the most elaborate looking desserts you’ve ever seen. They also have unbeatable gelato – a cioccolatto, for example, that cannot be matched anywhere.

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Napoleon!

Okay, pause here. Napoleon, yes, is very much related to Napoleon Bonaparte. Really, this dessert is a Mille-feuille, a many-many-layered pastry with cream and all sorts of goodies. Of course, French people in the 18th-19th centuries associate such a grande dessert with the grande guy himself.

So why at an Italian place? This is hands down the best Napoleon in the Twin Cities. The cream is on point. The layers are delicate and fluffy. And the top is beautiful, as you can see. Most Italian versions of the mille-feuille are actually savory with stuff like spinach and cheese, but Cosetta’s does the classic. So there you go.

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Cosetta’s also has a great beer selection of local stuff for beer lovers!

Phew, we made it! I guess this makes up for tomorrow, which doesn’t have an OFFICIAL food holiday. But we are going to MAKE ONE UP!

That’s right! We declare tomorrow… NATIONAL HONEYCRISP APPLE DAY!

-SPAK